The Synonyms to Innovation: Risk, Vulnerability and Courage.


In 2011 I worked for a church, my job was to lead a group of 15-17 year olds to do life well. I had been doing this for several years and loved it. But then I started to feel that what I really felt purposed to do was work with at-risk kids, I just didn’t know what that looked like yet. So I resigned from my job in search for this great purpose.

{Make a choice to commit to it}

In January 2012 I had someone approach me about a similar job to what I was doing before and I thought to myself I can do this, I’m good at it, I love it …So I applied for the job. Two days later I withdrew my application…yes I could do it, it was an easy fit, but it wasn’t what I was meant to be doing.

{Resist all temptation to keep doing what you’ve always done}

Three months later I was offered an internship in the UK working on a global campaign against child mortality and by May my husband and I were living in London.

Perhaps the synonyms for innovation are risk, vulnerability and courage.

We all like those who innovate, we clap our hands and we give standing ovations, but we rarely see the journey it took to get there. Innovation comes at a cost to our comfortability. Sometimes we need to look at that idea in our head and ask ourselves am I willing to feel uncomfortable for this? Am I willing to take a risk for it?

{Count the cost}

When I took the job in London we had just bought a house, we had $5k in the bank. I was going to be earning an intern wage, my husband’s visa wouldn’t allow him to work and we had nowhere to live when we arrived. In fact we were sleeping on the loungeroom floor of a friend of a friends.

{Do it anyway}

 If you’ve had a big dream in your head for awhile now it may be time to commit to it. Resist all temptation to keep doing what you’ve always done. Count the cost. Do it anyway.

About Karina Chicote

Karina Chicote is a strategic leader for an international child’s rights organisation and writer and presenter on radio for Kin Women. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and has designed and led award-winning programs for Aboriginal children and young people. Karina has worked across the globe on campaigns in London, asylum seeker centres in Papua New Guinea, the UN General Assembly in New York and now leads strategic projects across Western Australia. Karina was a finalist for the WA Youth Work Awards in 2015 and 2016, recognising her leadership and commitment to creating change for the most vulnerable young people in our communities. Above all Karina is a wife to Lance and lover of their Pug Brixton, who amidst the seriousness of changing the world make her laugh, a lot.